Part 1 of Switzerland: Zurich in a Day
Meera and I spent a total of eight days in Switzerland this summer. While there are many travel guides and recommendation on the internet regarding things to do in Switzerland, this is our little perspective on how we spent our Swiss Summer.
We arrived into Zurich from an early morning flight from London. The immigration was super quick and the officer was very sweet and chatted with us about our plans in Switzerland. We purchased our 8-day Swiss Travel Pass at the SBB counter at the airport and asked for recommendations and non-touristy things to do. We have done this in the past and these kind of recommendations have often taken us to interesting spots. The swiss travel pass was a bit heavy on the pocket and you will realize this feeling constantly while you travel through Switzerland. The travel pass grants you access to all the major trains, many cable cars, many cogwheel trains and discounts on some premium cable cars/trains. We took the train to Zurich HBF, dropped our bags in the lockers at the train station and headed out to explore the city.
Since our Japan trip in March, we have become a huge fan of free walking tours. We now do this in every major city we go. In Zurich, we took the chocolate tasting walking tour. This was a mix of chocolate tasting and history combined. While we were there, the temperatures were hot and humid because of the ongoing heat wave. We didn’t have to make reservations and just had to show up at the desired starting point of the tour. You can read more about them here
During the tour we explored both old and new parts of Zurich, learned about different cantons of Switzerland, languages spoken in Switzerland and also visited around 4-5 chocolatiers and tasted a variety of chocolates . The highlight of the chocolate tour was Sprungli. They are famous of their macaroon like dessert but only better Luxemburgerli apart from their fine pralines, truffles and many other confectionaries. They are very exclusive and were only to be found in Zurich. Only until recent years they have expanded to few other regions in Switzerland and in Dubai. If you are in Zurich, please don’t miss to try their pistache luxemburgerli.
We strolled through the city and saw many historical places as well. One thing you will notice while walking in Zurich is there are a lot of water fountains throughout the city and yes you can drink from them and fill your water bottles. During the tour we covered Grossmunster Church, Fraumunster Church, Views from Lindenof Hill, Lake Zurich and some random parts of old town. Our tour ended at the famous Teuscher Chocolate’s original store and we got to try their delicious champagne truffles.
We were done with our walking tour by 2 pm and had time to kill till evening. We grabbed lunch and some cold beer in the old town. We took the stairs to the top to Grossmunster church and got some really beautiful views of Zurich. After the church visit, we headed back to Sprungli for some more Luxemburgerli’s and strolled through Zurich’s shopping district. Nothing interested us, and we headed to our next stop Lucerne, Switzerland where we crashed for the day